ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The U.S. Naval Academy is graduating its first students with majors in cyber operations.

The academy’s commissioning ceremony takes place Friday. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter will give the graduation speech.

The school has been working for several years to create a top-notch learning environment for cybersecurity as the field has grown in importance to national security. In 2011, the academy changed its core curriculum to add two cybersecurity courses for all students.

Also, female students will wear the same uniforms as male students at graduation. In past years, women have worn skirts at commissioning.

This is the 40th class to include women. The academy first admitted female students in 1976.

About 1,000 students will be commissioned as officers, either as Navy ensigns or 2nd lieutenants in the Marine Corps.

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